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Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rica entered into a partnership through the South-South Cooperation Programme for Sustainable Development, with the financial support from the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This initiative was established in 2002 based on the principles of equality, reciprocity and participation of all societal stakeholders.

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Conference on International Social Responsibility and Opening of the Photo Exhibition "Three continents, one Vision"

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14 October sees the inauguration of the new Marga Klompé Chair, Prof. Mirjam van Reisen, at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. The inauguration will take the form of a conference on International Social Responsibility, with a host of distinguished speakers in attendance.

They will include the former Dutch Prime Minister, the Zimbabwean Minister of National Healing and Reconciliation and the Director General of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. 

The meeting will enable the exchange of views and perspectives on social responsibility, with a particular focus on the solidarity between people of different cultures and situations.

The meeting will also be followed by the opening of the photo exhibition "Three continents, One vision", featuring photos of Javier del Campo,  who has travelled through Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rica to create this breathtaking collection of photos.

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PSSC to attend SID World Congress 2011

Society for International Development World Congress 2011:
Our Common challenge: A World Moving Toward a Sustainable Future

Date: July 29-31, 2011
Venue: Washinton D. C.

2011 SID World Congress will undertake an in-depth review of the nexus between conflict and development. The discussion will include commentary on not only the causes and impact of conflict, but also on the lessons learned over the last decade on how international assistance actors can work more effectively with host countries to address the the causes and not just the symptoms of conflict.

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“Benin, Bhutan, Costa Rica through one Lens”, Photographs of Javier del Campo

Duration: May 30 – June 16
Venue: City Hall (Atrium), Spui 70, The Hague

Opening: 14.30 - 15.00 by Deputy Mayor Marjolein de Jong and René Castro, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Costa Rica

Partners in South-South Cooperation, formerly Programme for South-South Cooperation, initiated and funded by the Netherlands, will present 60 beautiful, funny and breathtaking photographs from Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rica. The aim is to show Dutch citizens how their development project succeeded and to say thank you for the financial support.

With his photographs, Javier del Campo shows that, while indeed there are multiple realities, there are also similarities between the three countries. Through the experience of the lens, Javier is able to convey the warmth of the people. The manifestation of this warmth is more than obvious in the smiles of the people in the three countries.

You can see some of the photographs in our photo gallery. You can also find a video with more photographs, called "Smiles from Bhutan, Costa Rica and Benin" here.

Hearing in the Dutch Parliament: Organising Inclusive Ownership

Date: 30 May 2011
Time: 16:00 – 18:00
Venue: Dutch Parliament, Kappeijne van de Coppellozaal

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Hearing in the European Parliament: Organising Inclusive Ownership

Date: 31 May 2011
Time: 15:30 - 17:30
Registration starts at 15:00
Venue: European Parliament, Rue Wiertz, Room: ASP 5G3

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